Notes from the church lady: Lessons learned on Indiana road trip

“I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways” Psalm 119:15

Jesus lived a very busy life that consumed almost every waking moment. Still, He found time to get away from everyone and spend time alone with His Father. Everyone, even Jesus needed time away from the pressures of everyday life. In Matthew 14:23, it says Jesus went up to the mountain to pray.
With summer here, many people are hitting the road for their annual vacations. We always need to remember Jesus and not leave Him behind. Vacation, just like every other day is the time to learn from the Lord.
Mark and I recently took a road trip to Indiana. It was a week off to ourselves to relax. It was also a time to learn. Here are some of the things the Lord taught me.
1. Fear not
Instead of being afraid of an approaching storm we heeded the advice of the weather report and changed direction. We later learned we avoided a couple of tornadoes by changing course.
Are you on the right path or are you on a course that takes you out of the Lord’s will? When you are out of the Lord’s will you could be heading into danger.
2. Bad things happen to good people
In the book of Genesis is the story of Joseph. Joseph was sold into slavery and was then imprisoned by false accusations. Eventually the Lord turned it to good and provided Joseph a way to save his family from starvation.
We visited the site of a WWII Japanese internment camp in Granada, Colorado where almost 7500 people lived in an isolated location. Their crime was having Japanese ancestors. Most of them only had a week to sell their homes and possessions and relocate with only 2 suitcases.
There was some good come from it as many of the young men served in the armed forces in Europe. They saved the lives of their fellow soldiers and were awarded various medals.
3. It is good to learn from those who went before us
From the Santa Fe trail to the Pony Express to the Oregon Trail, there is the story of triumph to tragedy to teach us about the early days of our country. It is the story of the Indians, soldiers, and pioneers who suffered hardships but never gave up. Each of their stories are intertwined with one another.
I thought of the story of Abram and Sarai who left their home in Ur. They had no idea what their new home was like but they trusted the Lord to get them to their destination.
4. Take the road less traveled
Most of our trip was spent on the secondary roads instead of the interstate. It was the perfect way to really see the Midwest and meet the people.
Along the way I never got tired of looking at the farms and the fields and meadows. In one pasture full of sheep I thought of the psalm of David that begins, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…”
My heart ached for the farmers whose fields of corn was covered in water. How can they have too much rain when in our part of the country we are pleading with the Lord to send rain to our parched land?
There were many more lessons learned, but not enough space to tell all of them. I suppose I will save them for another time.

Debra Whittington is a longtime resident of Tucumcari. Contact her at:

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